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Saturday, August 17, 2013
Updated: August 18, 1:18 PM ET
Derek Wolfe suffers neck injury

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SEATTLE -- Denver defensive end Derek Wolfe was placed on a backboard and taken away in an ambulance after injuring his neck in the first quarter of a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday.

Wolfe was hurt with nine minutes left in the quarter and on Seattle's first offensive drive. He was hurt being blocked on a running play in which Seattle's Robert Turbin gained 8 yards. The Broncos said Wolfe was being evaluated for a cervical spine injury and had movement in all of his extremities.

Denver coach John Fox said after the Broncos' 40-10 loss to Seattle that a CT scan revealed no broken bones and the team was awaiting results of an MRI.

Wolfe was expected to travel back to Denver on the charter flight, the team said.

He took to Twitter Sunday to thank fans for their support.

Thanks for the prayers everyone, ill be okay and will be back on the field soon #broncosup

— Derek Wolfe (@DerekWolfe95) August 18, 2013

Wolfe was initially cut on the play by Seattle's Luke Willson. As Wolfe was getting back up, fullback Michael Robinson collided with Wolfe and appeared to compress his head and neck. Wolfe remained on the ground and appeared to be moving his legs initially, but medical personnel strapped him to a backboard and took him away in an ambulance.

He was down for about eight minutes before being taken away.

"It's a scary situation," said Denver receiver Wes Welker, who is expected to have an injured ankle examined Sunday. "You're just praying for him and hoping that everything is OK and you definitely get concerned when you see the ambulance come out and things like that. Just hoping for the best."

Denver also saw starting cornerback Champ Bailey injure his left foot in the first half. Bailey limped to the locker room at halftime. He is expected to miss some practice time and will get an MRI Sunday.

Broncos right guard Louis Vasquez also left the game with a left knee injury. If the injury is significant, it could be a major blow for an offensive line that lost center Dan Koppen to a torn ACL earlier in training camp.

Fox had no update on Vasquez after the game.

Information from ESPN.com's Jeff Legwold and The Associated Press was used in this report.